Don Bosco School Itanagar is a Catholic institution affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). It was established by the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in February 1993 primarily for the education of Catholic children and the children belonging to the weaker sections of society. Don Bosco School belongs to minority community and enjoys the safeguards as enshrined in the Constitution of India.
A brief history of Don Bosco School, Itanagar
Beginning a School at Itanagar, the Capital of Arunachal Pradesh was a long-standing dream. The breakthrough came when in July 1992, the possibility of getting land (present Auxilium College Girls Hostel) at Daath, Jully near Holy Trinity Church became a reality. Don Bosco School was inaugurated on 11th February 1993 by the Minister of Civil Supplies, Mr. Tardar Taniang. The classes began in June 1993 with K.G. class. There were about 30 students in the rolls and most of them were boarders.
In October 1994, forty bighas of land (the present Don Bosco College) was negotiated for the establishment of a centre where a link road to Itanagar was expected to be constructed. It was decided to establish the School there as the previous land was too small. The foundation stone of the new Don Bosco School was laid in the new land by Chief Minister Gegong Apang and blessed by Bishop Robert Kerketta of Tezpuron 17th August 1995. The construction work for the School met with difficulty as it involved a lot of levelling work.
Providentially, a new plot of plain land was available at Jully Hokah, and the construction of the School begun at the new site in 1997. In 1998, classes III to V were conducted at the new site while K.G. to Class II were conducted at the old site at Daath, Jully. The new school building was inaugurated on 16th August 2001 by Shri Mukut Mithi, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
After affiliation to CBSE in 2005, the first batch of students appeared for their CBSE examinations in March 2007. The previous four batches from 2002 to 2006 had appeared for the CBSE examinations from the Government Higher Secondary School, Itanagar. In 2001, Don Bosco School made 8 further strides with the approval of the CBSE for opening the Higher Secondary Section in Arts and Commerce. With the number of students increasing, the foundation stone for the School’s new block was laid by Fr. R.K. Guangdiat Nicholas on 30th April 2017. The school is working towards opening the science stream from the next academic session 2021-22 onwards.
It is hoped that Don Bosco School, Itanagar will be able to respond adequately to the needs of young people and be an agent for the fulfilment of their dreams and aspirations and will lead us to a closer affinity to the vision dear to our founder – St. John Bosco